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employees. >>> breaking news overnight. u.s. and allied forces bomb libyan targets as "operation odyssey dawn" is under way. and moments ago, we got new word on the success of the campaign so far. >>> and new word from libya's leader this morning as well, as antiaircraft fire from gadhafi forces, they lit up the skies of tripoli throughout the night there. >>> the day's other big story, fallout from the japanese quake even a week after the tsunami. this new and frightening video is surfacing. the very latest from there in moments. good morning, everyone, i'm alex witt. welcome to "msnbc sunday." we begin with breaking news. >>> new word from the top u.s. military chief just moments ago. admiral mike mullen tells nbc news a no-fly zone is in effect in libya this morning after american and european forces rained down missiles on libya's defenses. the u.s. and britain unleashed 114 tomahawk cruise missiles targeting libyan surface-to-air sites as well as radar and communications centers. three american b-2 stealth bombers also dropped more than 40 bombs on libyan defenses. now, the goal of
, if you are just waking up. fresh word from the nation's top military officer after u.s. and coalition forces bombarded libya's defenses overnight. admiral mike mullen tells nbc news there is a no-fly zone in place in libya. that's after more than 110 tomahawk cruise missiles from warships and submarines slammed the antiaircraft units and command posts. admiral mullen also said that possible outcome of the military action could include the embattled leader, moammar gadhafi, remaining in power. meanwhile, gadhafi issued an audio address on state tv, saying the country was preparing for a long war. on the screen, the image of a giant, gold fist crushing an american plane. nbc's jim maceda's in libya's capital of tripoli. jim, with another good day to you, we have cruise missiles that were targeting sites around the city there. what's it like there now? >> reporter: here, it's quiet. it wasn't so at 2:30, 3:00 in the morning, though, alex. we all jumped and jolted first when we heard a number of explosions. it was these deep thuds that you never like to hear. they could have been cruise m
nuke chenuclear plantse availablize ie izstabilizing. >>> we begin in libya. u.s. says coalition air strikes have established a no fly zone in the east soon to be extendeded to tripoli. richard engel, they say the operation went as well as could be expected. but there are a lot of questions remaining about whether we'll be able to turn this command over to whom and the opposition. how much do we though about the opposition in wlib qua and how do you distinguish between rebel forces and civilians? >> reporter: it's difficult to distinguish from rebel forces and civilians because the rebels until a few days ago or a few weeks ago were mostly civilians and they don't have a cheer leadership, they don't have uniforms. they don't have marked vehicles. and a lot of them are very undisciplined and up frofrnfo l unprofessional. they were trying to see how extensive the air and missile strikes were yesterday. today we were just out with rebel, watching them get into pickup trucks and head toward the front lines. we were watching rebels head to an area where they believe they have liberated m
of course immense u.s. naval air power and precision guided munitions could also be brought into the battle. >> and there is our u.s. ships that are now in the mediterranean sea. the united nations resolution clearly calls out not just for enforcement of a no fly zone but to intercept any sort of military aid that is banned by u.n. resolution that could be going into support moammar gadhafi's forces. and yet already we're seeing today a resolution that russia abstained on and so did china, russia taking a stand and saying it regrets western forces are taking this action. is that problematic for this effort in any way? >> i don't think it really is because the vote's already been taken on resolution 1973 and the russians and the chinese abstained. if they had wanted to object and put a road block up against this thing, they could have done it earlier in the week. they decided not to. this smells to me like diplomatic maneuvering that is not of great consequence. the big question for me is are they going to nick gadhafi or are they going to try to take him out? you know, we still don't really
up to speed on march 31st. >>> u.s. intelligence source says cia operatives are on the ground in libya today to size up rebel fighters. the source says they are not there for battlefield direction. congress asked defense secretary robert gates about the cia story a short time ago. >> do you see the use of cia and u.s. special forces in libya as following the blueprint we used in afghanistan? >> first of all, i can't speak to any cia activities, but i will tell you that the president has been quite clear that in terms of the united states' military there will be no boots on the ground. >> britain says it has not promised immunity to libya's top diplomat. foreign minister moussa koussa defected wednesday. they say this man moi be a treasure trove of information. >> reporter: it's significant for many reasons, not the least of which he was former head of intelligence. not least of which is because he was at one time a wanted figure by european security services. this is a man whose disappearance here wasn't even known by the deputy foreign minister. >> libyan rebels remain in ful
that the last word. senators, thank you all very much. >>> coming up -- after almost a decade of war, the u.s. military finds itself stretched thinner by yet another conflict in the middle east. what ignited saturday's decision to mobilize in libya? and what are the consequences for the u.s. and the president's legacy? our roundtable weighs in, president of the council on foreign relations richard haas, former cia director michael hayden, nbc's andrea mitchell and jim miklaszewski and the "new york times'" helene cooper. >> announcer: pacific life. for insurance, annuities and investments, choose pacific life. the power to help you succeed. enough whole grain. but actually, it's never been easier to get the whole grain you want from your favorite big g cereals. from cheerios to lucky charms, there's whole grain in every box. make sure to look for the white check. there's whole grain in every box. castrol syntec has been reformulated for better performance under the hood. so we gave it a new name. castrol edge with syntec power technology. new name. better formula. it's more than just oil. it'
with urge see. >> secretary of state hillary clinton is meeting with nato allies in paris. she says the u.s. will not waver in its efforts to assist libyan civilians and enforce the security council resolution as gadhafi forces continue to defy calls for a cease-fire. >> the realty on the ground tells a very different story. colonel gadhafi continues to defy the world. his attacks on civilians go on. we will support an international coalition as it takes all necessary measures. >> the latest from benghazi shows tanks approaching the city have stopped as thick black smoke rises from the rebel stronghold this. i'm richard lui live in new york. reports this hour, french defense officials saying french fighter jets have fired on libyan military vehicles, that's what we understand now. we're just getting that in. meanwhile, secretary of state clinton saying that military action to enforce a security council resolution on libya has just begun. an intense aerial operation will soon start in libya. jim maceda is live in the stronghold of tripoli. jim? >> reporter: hi there, richard. yes, you just m
an international coalition as it takes all necessary measures. >> with u.s. allies taking the lead president obama is being briefed on developments while he is in brazil. >> our consensus was strong and resolve clear. the people of libya must be protected and in the absence of an immediate end to the violence against civilians, our coalition is prepared to act and act with urgency. >> the latest from benghazi shows tanks approaching the city have stopped as thick, black smoke rises from the rebel stronghold. with me right now from cairo, egypt is nbc's richard engel. richard, from your perspective, from your vantage point, how optimistic is the arab world that they can stop the violence toward civilians in libya? >> this is a, you have to understand what's going on in libya in the context of the wider middle east. the middle east is going through an incredible period of flux with revolts and uprisings and revolutions from north africa stretching all the way to the arabian peninsula. all arab governments are in the cross hairs right now, very unpopular with their people. there have been successful
to remove gadhafi from power using military force. instead top u.s. officials are working diplomatic channels to try and push the dictator o. hiarcltoonme t a very clear message to gadhafi, but we're also sending a message to people around him. do you really want to be a pariah? do you really want to end up in the international criminal court? now is your time to get out of this and to help change the direction. >> mike viqueira, good sunday morning to you. >> reporter: good morning action al alex. >> what else are we hearing? >> reporter: critics say there's something of a mixed message coming from the administration since the military action started a week ago yesterday. it's not only republicans, it's democrats as well. the administration on the one hand has a need to play to the arab street, but they're also now trying to play to main street here in the united states. they have emphasized all along that this is an international coalition that includes arab nations. at one point secretary clinton said we are not in the lead but clearly the united states has been in the lead. they
. the radiation has now reached southern california. but the u.s. officials are saying it's a billion times beneath the levels that would threaten anyone's health. japanese officials raised the fukushima accident level from four to five. that means they consider it on par with our own three mile island incident. frantic efforts continue to con taint situation at the daiichi plant. the u.s. military says japan requested an unmanned high altitude reconnaissance aircraft to fly over the troubled plant. that drone is equipped with infrared sensors that can take pictures and get a better understanding what's happening inside the reactor. >>> getting aid to northeastern japan has finally gotten easier. the port of sendai partially reopened. a ship brought in a large container of supplies for hundreds of thousands of people living in shelters. a small measure now of comfort exactly a week after the disaster struck. >>> a week ago today, people rushed out of buildings as a magnitude 9.0 earthquake hit. amateur video shows scenes of homes inside, while outside a tsunami brought its own terror, sweep
in libya. how big of a role will the u.s. play now? are we still in charge? and with war fatigue setting in and criticism from both sides of the aisle, when does the president fully explain what's perhaps, monday or tuesday of next week. >>> plus, fear of spreading terrorism. there were anti-government demonstrations today and in some cases violence in many arab countries, including yemen. thousands turned out calling for the ouster of a u.s. ally. if the president is overthrown, who stops al qaeda in the arabian peninsula from taking over? >>> and there are increasing concerns of spreading radiation from the crippled power plant in japan with even more people now being encouraged to get out of the area, but not ordered. how great is that danger? >>> plus, a little politics with hispanics now making up one of our every six americans and one out of every four children, by the way, how long can republicans be seen as hostile to their interests? the huge implications of the census report on the 2012 presidential election. and finally, what's the more serious candidates to do? how does anyon
shortage here in the u.s. as well as, is it going to have a lasting economic harm to various vectors of the economy. those would be the main two reasons. >> and what, when you factor in right now we're in the spring season, close to spring, where people will perhaps take holiday breaks for spring break with their children and then soon summer will be upon us, and eknow the rule at summer, gas prices go up with the change of the weather. >> well, the gas prices go up from the winter to the summer because we have to change the formulation. >> the blend. >> and it's more expensive in the summertime. the good news is, is that gasoline stocks are adequate, and if we look at the whole world supply and demand, crude oil demand goes down during the second quarter. so there will be a little bit of a respite from the tenseness of the overall supply/demand situation. >> i'm the type of person, i've tried to look at best-case scenario but in this case you want to look at worst-case scenario. is it possible we will see gas prices beyond an average of $4 a gallon on average in this country by the
is preparing to take over the military campaign against mullah omar el gadhafi. how big a role will the u.s. play now? are we still in charge and with war fatigue setting in and criticism coming from both sides of the aisle, president obama will explain what's at stake in libya in an address to the nation on monday evening. plus, fear of spreading terrorism there where anti-government demonstrations and in some cases violence in many arab countries today. in yemen, thousands turned out calling for the ouster of the u.s.-backed president there. if that president is overthrown, who stops al qaeda in the arabian peninsula from taking over? and there are increasing concerns of spreading radiation from that crippled nuclear power plant in japan with even more people now being encouraged, not forced, to get out of the area. how great is the danger? plus, with hispanics making up one out of every six americans and one out of every four children, how long can republicans be seen as hostile to their interests? the huge implications of the census report on the 2012 presidential election. >>> finally,
is preparing to take over the military campaign against moammar gadhafi. how big of a role will the u.s. play now? are we still in charge? and with war fatigue setting in and criticism from both sides of the aisle, when does the president fully explain what's at stake in libya for the united states? the white house will address is monday evening. >>> plus, fear of spreading terrorism. there were anti-government demonstrations today and in some cases violence in many arab countries, including yemen. thousands turned out calling for the ouster of the u.s.-backed president there. if the president is overthrown, who stops al qaeda in the arabian peninsula from taking over? >>> and there are increasing concerns of spreading radiation from that crippled nuclear power plant in japan with even more people now being encouraged, not forced, to get out of the area. how great is the danger? >>> plus with hispanics making up 1 in every 6 americans and one in every 1 ever 4 children, the huge emphasis on the 2012 election. >>> finally, how does anyone who actually believes they have a chance of winning the
in the downfall of the soviet union. but speaking as an engineer, i'm proud to say a lot of u.s. navy personnel stepped up to the plate right after the three mile island accident and improved safety of the nuclear system in the united states. the design of that nuclear reactor at three mile island was much, much better than at chernobyl. >> we have 31 designed nuclear plants in the united states that are similar to the one over at fukushima right now, the one causing the great concern right now. do you think we have a better backup system than they do? they don't have a good one, because it was undermined by the tsunami. it affected the battery backup to the diesel system, none of it worked. they ended up putting in seawater, which is destroying their plant, as an extreme measure. how are we in that regard? in terms of nuclear diesel backup, battery backup, do we have all these backup systems? >> we do. and there are parts of the united states and california where there are two nuclear plants at diablo canyon and san aknow frey where concerns have been raised about size eismic activity. in
this morning from a top u.s. official on the american mission in libya. nbc's david gregory asked defense secretary robert gates about our involvement in the conflict in an interview that will air on "meet the press" later this morning. >> is libya in our vital interest as a country? >> no, i don't think it's a vital interest for the united states, but we clearly have interests there, and it's a part of the region which is a vital interest for the united states. >> secretary gates joins secretary of state hillary clinton on today's "meet the press," so check your local listings for that. tomorrow, we will have live coverage of president obama's address to the nation at 7:30 p.m. eastern time. >>> and there is word from syria this morning that 12 people have been killed in violence rocking a seaside mediterranean city. the government says the victims include security forces and residents. this amateur video obtained by the "associated press" was allegedly shot on friday, in which it shows protesters trying to topple a statue of former president assad. in yemen, the president warns of a des
in on our own. we should be going in under the u.n., not the u.s. flag. we shouldn't attack a country this didn't attack us first and shouldn't have boots on the ground. from that mouth, this is sort of the perfect way to go. we go in not under the u.s. flag but under the u.n. flag. we go in on the humanitarian mission, short-term limited thing, no boots on the ground. i think that going in, he did it the right way. my big question is how long are we going to be there? what really is our mission? i think the -- it is really, really fuzzy whether it is just to protect the rebels or to get gadhafi out. we are saying both things. how much is it going to cost? it depends on how soon we get out. if we could turn this over to the french government or to somebody else, as they say they are going to, in a couple of days, get out of there, then i think this is going to be a successful operation. if it drags on and gadhafi stays in power, it is another loser. >> pat buchanan, what are the odds if we are being realistic we will be out as the president had said in a mere matter of days, turning i
and a cell phone. >>> president obama insists the u.s. had to get involved in libya to stop a massacre, and right now, secretary of state hillary clinton is in london, meeting with leaders from around the globe to figure out what to do about moammar gadhafi. here's what she said just moments ago. we don't have that, but we do have from the president last night in his nationally televised speech, where he promised ground troops would not be used to remove moammar gadhafi. and to prove that point, he took a page out of history. >> to be blunt, we went down that road in iraq. thanks to the extraordinary sacrifices of our troops, and the determination of our diplomats, we are hopeful about iraq's future. but regime change there took eight years, thousands of american and iraqi lives, and nearly $1 trillion. that is not something we can afford to repeat in libya. >> the speech is doing little to calm gop critics this morning, including house speaker john boehner. he says americans still have no answer to the fundamental question, what does success in libya look like? and one of the presiden
. >>> frel and state officials here in the u.s. say testing along the west coast shows no health threats from the radiation spewing from the ratation racketers in japan. it's dissipated so much it poses no risk. robert bazell is live in tokyo. with a good day, i know that you were feeling more aftershock activity earlier today and anything since? >> reporter: no. there hasn't been any since then. these aftershocks are so routine you don't pay attention to them. the big danger is how much they might affect the reactor, but i don't think this one had any affect. certainly there was no damage here in tokyo. >> okay. that's good. that no damage and that these things are becoming somewhat routine. how about the latest on theest to get those leaky nuke letter rea nuclear reactors under control we've been talking about? >> reporter: some encouraging news. traces of radiation found in food, by a very sophisticated monitoring system in place here in japan, but even though that's very sophisticated, something that scares people, and this shows why the desperate efforts to get that, those nuclear power
it comes to how the u.s. would get involved in, say, a syria or a yemen or pbahrain. it seems as if officials today, the whole goal of this briefing was to make sure reporters understood that libya was not a precedent for anything. >> well, it was very striking this weekend on "meet the press" to watch secretary gates and secretary clinton trying to define first from the defense secretary, defining what is in our national interests. this was gates first and then clinton. >> no, i don't think it's vital interest for the united states, but we clearly have interests there and it's a part of the region which is a vital interest for the united states. >> i think a lot of people would hear that and say that's quite striking. not in our vital interests and yet we're committing military resources to it. >> but then it wouldn't be fair to what bob just said. did hib ilibya attack us? no, they did not attack us. >> but they did have interest with our allies and our allies have been standing with the united states in afghanistan for a decade when they were not attacked. so that's the cas
as a nuclear engineer in the u.s. navy, and i'm proud to say that a lot of u.s. navy personnel stepped up to the plate right after the three mile island accident and improved safety of the nuclear system in the united states. the design of that nuclear reactor at three mile island was much better than chernobyl. >> we have 31 designed nuclear plants in the united states that are similar to the one in fukushima, causing great concern right now. do you think we have a better back up system than they do? they didn't have a good one because it was undermine by the tsunami that turned off the electricity and affected the battery back up. none of it worked. they ended up putting in sea water which is destroying their plants which is an extreme matter. how are we with battery back up. do we have these back up systems? >> we do. there are parts of the united states in california where there are two nuclear plants where concerns have been raised about seismic activity. there are a lot of faults in california. in fact three years ago in 2008 a fault was found near the diablo canyon site. the regula
a country that has not attacked us? >> you know, i think barack obama and the u.s. is obviously in a tough place here. a country like the united states, there's a -- we have fundamental values that we are in favor of. and you know, gadhafi, you never know what he is going to do. there's always the potential of humanitarian disaster in libya. and i think that starting off with the u.n. resolution, the idea of the no-fly zone is a good start. do i believe that you need to move cautiously but i don't think the united states can just sit back and watch some terrible happening unfold in libya. >> especially if the president makes pronouncements like he has. especially the fact that he has been saying that gadhafi must go. i don't know what this has done to his credibility to not act on it. >> did the president make the right call? >> we're not doing this unilaterally. you said repeatedly on this show that the united states shouldn't go in there themselves, shouldn't be the world's policeman. >> agreed. >> we went to the u.n., particularly france, somewhat amazingly were in favor of going in the
hold 227 million barrels of oil. now, with u.s. consumption at about 20 million barrels a day, that reserve would run dry in about 36 days. senator roy blount, republican from missouri, joins us right now. good morning, senator. >> good morning, richard. and actually, this oil thing, this gas thing, may be even more important than charlie sheen, but who would know that? >> it is a very important thing. thanks for having a sense of humor about it. why not use the reserve to tamp down some of the price fears as we're really looking at a fragile economy right now? >> well, we are. and i'm not opposed to using some of the reserve. however, i thought the administration's energy policy was to make energy more expensive. and i don't know how long it's going to take us to learn this lesson that we're way too dependent on areas of the world that we have very little control over. and frankly who don't like us all that much. we need to be focused on more american energy and the way to do that is not to make energy more expensive but to be sure we're using the resources we have available
is now in place for the entire u.s. west coast. that means coastal communities in washington, oregon, california and southern alaska should be on alert and prepared for possible evacuation. a warning is also in place for hawaii, which was struck by a smaller 4.5 earthquake earlier today. now, there are no immediate reports of injuries or damage in hawaii but the state is bracing for the first waves from the tsunami which are expected to hit at 8:00 a.m. eastern time this morning. now, ahead of that, tsunami sirens were sounded and coastal areas are being evacuated. fires triggered by the earthquake were burning out of control up and down japan's coast, including one at an i'll refinery. according to the country's prime minister there was, quote, major damage in northeastern japan. but nuclear power facilities in the area were not damaged and there was no radiation leakage, they say. this is video from when the earthquake hit now. it struck at 2:46 p.m. local time and was followed by at least 19 powerful aftershocks. most of them measuring over 6.0. the size of the earthquake that str
's faced in peru? >> well, we know that the fbi and u.s. attorneys office was trying to build a case against him. we couldn't get him for the murder. the body hasn't been found. but we know that he attempted to, in fact, did extort $25,000 from the holloway family. unfortunately, he not only took that money and ran, but he may have used some of that money to go to peru where he, you know, killed this young lady. but the bottom line is, he's been indicted in the united states. if he ever, ever walks out of a peruvian prison, hopefully there will be fbi agents with handcuffs to bring him back to america. >> clint van zandt. good to see you. thank you. >> thank you, contessa. >>> it looks like it's only one and a half men now. actor charlie sheen fired from the hit sitcom. and of course, he has something to say about it. >>> a car right into a house into a baby's crib. what happened next, unbelievable. >>> and today is fat tuesday. there are so many names for mardi gras. whatever you call it. a big party's happening right now, for instance, in new orleans. we're taking you there live ne
's exactly the sachuatiituati u.s. military hates. you don't know who's friend or foe. it's too messy. >>> another big story, the budget battle in wisconsin is going to heat up today when scott walker presents his two-year budget plan for the state. today is also the deadline foruo democrats who are blocking a vote. if they don't return from illinois, walker says the state will lose its chance to refinance debt and prevent the layoff of some 1,500 state workers. that is a classic showdown. meanwhile, president obama said this about the stand-off yesterday. >> i don't think it does anybody any good when public employees are denigrated or vilified or their rights are infringed upon. we need to attract the best and the brightest to public service. these times demand it. >> you know, it's -- i'm glad that he said that. >> yeah. >> because -- because i -- i think it's terrible that scott walker has called public unions -- compared them to hitler and mussolini and mubarak. hold on, let me -- >> i have walker's response. >> i'm glad the president stood up to the hate coming from conservative
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